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FCLC Aims To Improve Livelihood

Fiji Crop Livestock Council (FCLC) aims to increase productivity, ensure food security, sustainability and consistency in supply to the markets, raise income and improve farmers’ livelihood. Identifying mandate and funding
31 Mar 2017 09:50
FCLC Aims To Improve Livelihood
National Dalo Association president Filimoni Kilawekana, during Fiji Crop Livestock Council (FCLC) five-year strategic planning workshop in Suva yesterday Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Crop Livestock Council (FCLC) aims to increase productivity, ensure food security, sustainability and consistency in supply to the markets, raise income and improve farmers’ livelihood.

Identifying mandate and funding was also brought to light during the Strategic Planning Workshop yesterday organise by FCLC.

Simon Cole, FCLC Chairman said, “We have advocated strongly up laws into Government and some of the agencies that work in agriculture.”

He said the Council has raised issues to the highest level in Government on behalf of its members and ensured that their voices are heard. The Council has 33,000 members

“But what we have not done is provide services to the 33000 members. We have not had the resources or opportunity to allow the members to get out and function as an Association and this cannot go on,” he said.

Mr Cole said the purpose of the Workshop was to ask themselves what their next move will be to achieve the purpose of the Council.

Funds for the future have been identified but the source of funds is something that they need to look at, he said.

“Some people say we should be a project oriented organisation. Carrying out projects on behalf of people to get certain things done.”

He believes it is a good idea however it is not a good way to cover the core funding of the Council as it cannot cater for all its 33,000 members.

“We are in the system as being technically capable and have a professional voice that represents agriculture.”

“From today, we have to work out what we are going to do with the structure that we have created. What services are we going to provide and how are we going to get funded to do what we need to do,” he said.

Historically, the Council’s funding has been ad hoc, according to Mr Cole.

The commodity associations that make up FCLC are Grazing Livestock (sheep, goats, beef, cattle), dalo, yaqona cocoa, ginger, rice, Fiji Foods Exporters Association, pigs, beekeepers, fruits and vegetables, organics and copra.

The Chamber is comprised of farmers and agriculture technicians that support the economic growth of commodity agriculture to help towards poverty alleviation, food security and exports.

Feedback:  monica.aguilar@fijisun.com.fj



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